Events in Sport in October 1979

  • Oct 6 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat California Angels, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 7 Cleveland Browns' Dino Hall sets club records with 9 kickoff returns
  • Oct 7 Debbie Massey wins LPGA Wheeling Golf Classic

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Oct 7 Frank Mahovlich formally retires from the NHL after a failed comeback attempt with the Detroit Red Wings

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • Oct 7 Ferrari driver Jody Scheckter retires with tyre trouble in US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen; becomes first South African to claim World Formula 1 Drivers title; wins by 4 points from race winner Gilles Villeneuve
  • Oct 10 Nordiques' Real Cloutier sets NHL record of a hat trick in 1st game

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Oct 12 Boston Celtics guard Chris Ford scores first 3-point basket in NBA history in 1st quarter of 114-106 win v Houston at Boston Garden; game also marks debut of Boston rookie Larry Bird

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

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Oct 12 Future Basketball Hall of Fame forward Magic Johnson makes his debut for Los Angeles Lakers at the San Diego Clippers; Lakers win, 103-102

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • Oct 14 Amy Alcott wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic

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Oct 14 NHL's greatest scorer Wayne Gretzky scores his 1st NHL goal

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

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Oct 15 NY Knicks retire 2nd number, # 10, Walt Frazier

Basketball Player Walt Frazier
Basketball Player
Walt Frazier
  • Oct 17 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Balt Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 76th World Series
  • Oct 20 John Tate beats Gerrie Coetze in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Oct 21 10th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:11:42
  • Oct 21 9th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:27:33
  • Oct 21 Greta Weitz wins woman participation in NYC marathon (02:27:33)
  • Oct 21 Ozzie Newsome begins NFL streak of 150 consecutive game receptions
  • Oct 27 Islanders score 2 goals within 6 seconds 3 goals within 44 seconds
  • Oct 29 Silvia Bertolaccini wins LPGA Colgate Far East Golf Open